The Ray County Commission is holding a public meeting Thursday morning on floodplain management.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Presiding Commissioner Bob King:

Bob King

Press Release from Mid-America Regional Council

The Ray County Commissioners invite residents, property and business owners and other interested parties to participate in a brief public meeting on Thursday, March 22, 2012, to hear how the county could update its floodplain management regulations to respond to flooding concerns and to better protect properties in the county. The session will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ray County Library. Residents are encouraged to attend and comment on various flood management options.

The public will also have an opportunity to review revised FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Ray County.

Ray County participates in the federal flood insurance program and discourages development in flood-prone areas. However, recent flood events have resulted in private property losses and damaged public infrastructure, requiring costly repairs. As a response, the county began working with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and its consulting team of Shockey Consulting Services and AECOM to develop a Flood Mitigation Plan for Ray County.

As this plan is developed, Ray County seeks to inform residents and involve them in discussion of any changes and improvements to the Flood Mitigation Plan. The county is reaching out to property owners, levee districts, business and community leaders, and individuals to discuss tactics to prevent future flooding and stream degradation while also protecting valuable property and land.

The aim of this session is to share information on possible measures that the county could adopt to better protect properties from flooding. Participants will be able to share their views on ways that the Ray County Commission and its Planning and Zoning office could work with property owners to support development and proper land management.


Flood Mitigation Plan Presentation and Public Comment Session

Thursday, March 22

10 a.m. — Noon

Ray County Library

215 East Lexington Street, Richmond, Mo.